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Several rural-state governors alerted President Trump on Monday that they are struggling to obtain urgently needed medical supplies and testing equipment, warning that despite the worsening coronavirus situation in New York and other urban areas, more sparsely populated parts of the country need help, too. In response to requests for more testing kits, Mr. Trump said, “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” according to an audio recording of the call between the president and governors obtained by CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe.
During the call, Democratic and Republican governors detailed how they are struggling to obtain the protective equipment doctors and nurses will need to treat the sick and the test kits needed to determine whether sick residents are suffering from COVID-19. “We understand the challenges in New York. I have family in New York,” Wyoming Republican Governor Mark Gordon told the president. But, he told Mr. Trump, “I think a little bit of supply going our way could get us better prepared going forward.” Mr. Trump replied, “Good point…Thank you very much, Mark. If you have a problem, call me. I’ll get you what you need.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock noted that delays in testing state residents could soon overwhelm hospitals in rural population centers and griped that his buying power has been repeatedly “trumped” by the federal government, a far larger customer for supplies and equipment. “I could give four or five examples over the last week where we have supply orders and they’ve subsequently been cancelled and they’re cancelled in part because what our suppliers are saying is that federal resources are requesting it and trumping that,” Bullock said.
Bullock also warned “we’re going to have some real problems” across smaller rural states if they cannot soon obtain the necessary testing equipment. He cited Gallatin County, which encompasses Bozeman, as a population center that is seeing a growing infection rate. “So we’re trying to shift the supplies to really isolate that and do contract tracing, but we don’t even have enough supplies to do the testing,” Bullock said.
President Trump issued a response to Bullock: “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow that’s, you know, almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard anything about testing being a problem.”
VOX: “CDC experts estimate 40%-70% of [Alaska’s] 737,500 people may eventually contract Covid-19, [so] at least 295,000 Alaskans could get sick. Based on initial reports, 20%—or 59,000—will need hospital care. Alaska only has 1,500 general hospital beds.” https://t.co/5cVebumq4i
— Seth Abramson (@🏠) (@SethAbramson) March 28, 2020
THREAD: Texas’ rural hospitals faced a bleak financial forecast even before #COVID19 hit.
Now some are facing critical supply shortages, maxed-out lines of credit and layoffs. https://t.co/d3cvreheR5
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 24, 2020
Alaska is the latest state to order residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus https://t.co/2fdj1bnNMd
— CNN (@CNN) March 28, 2020
*Coronavirus cases worldwide: 776,105
*Total confirmed deaths: 37,126
*Recovered patients: 164,628
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